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5 Costs to Cut from Your Business’s Budget
January 16, 2018

5 Costs to Cut from Your Business’s Budget

Managing a small business budget isn’t an easy task. Many business owners find themselves being unsure of how much to allot for each area, which can be a detriment to their operations if they overspend.

If you find that you need to spend less money so that you can save for your business’s future, you’ll need to determine which costs to cut. This can be challenging, but could help you ensure that you aren’t overspending your business’s finances.

In this blog post, we’ll offer some suggestions of costs that you might want to consider limiting, or diminishing altogether. Every business is different, so it is important that you contemplate what is best for your business. Let’s get started!

Cut These 5 Costs from Your Business’s Budget:

1. Roles that Could Be Combined

If you have employee roles that could be combined or completely cut, this is something to consider. For instance, perhaps you have two accounting roles, when you could probably have one person doing both jobs. Although we understand that you won’t want to lay off employees, you can’t risk going over your budget. If you find that you have too many employees, or unnecessary roles, it might be time to refine your spending on payroll.

2. Marketing That Isn’t Generating Sales

You might think that the more money you put into marketing, the more sales you make. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. If you’re allotting money for specific marketing efforts that aren’t bringing in sales, you’re not making the most out of your money. Instead, stop spending money on unsuccessful marketing initiatives. Then, you can take these funds and put them towards lucrative marketing projects, or other areas of your business.

3. Employee Perks that Won’t Be Missed

Do you provide catered lunch every Friday, but most of the food goes to waste? Or perhaps you have a partnership with a local gym, but employees aren’t taking advantage of the membership discounts? These might be perks that you should reduce or eradicate for the time-being. Listen to employee feedback before making any decisions. We don’t suggest that you purge all employee perks, as that will take a major toll on morale. Instead, get rid of any perks that aren’t important to your employees, so that it won’t be a huge upset.

4. Inventory that Isn’t Selling

If you’re purchasing inventory that isn’t flying off the shelf, you’re wasting money. Most likely, you’re either having to throw away inventory, reduce the selling price, or because you’re overspending, unable to invest in new types of inventory. Review your inventory orders, and determine which items are underselling. That way, you can utilize this data when completing future orders, so that you don’t continue to make the same mistakes.

5. Anything that You’re Unsure Of

If you’re itemizing your budget and find that there are certain expenditures that you can’t rationalize, you should make cuts. Whether it’s a subscription that isn’t going to use, or marketing services that aren’t making a major difference, you should be prudent and eliminate these costs. Most likely, if you regret these decisions, you can add them back to your budget later.

Making big decisions regarding your business’s budget can be stressful. After reading this post, we hope that you’ve recognized certain costs that you should consider eliminating, so that you can run a financially responsible business!

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